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Laura Gabel, M.A.Amanda Merner, M.A.
Maria Rowlett, M.A. 










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Laura Gabel, M.A.


Laura Gabel has been a part-time instructor in the School Psychology Program at Cleveland State University since 2008.  She is a school psychologist in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District where she works providing services to urban students.  Mrs. Gabel has trained hundreds of school psychologists in the National Association of School Psychologists PREPaRE school safety and crisis preparedness curriculum.  Mrs. Gabel has been active in professional organizations previously serving as president of the Cleveland Association of School Psychologists.  She has held many roles on the Ohio School Psychologists Association Executive Board, including Public Relations Chair, Regional Representative and most currently, Membership Chair.  Mrs. Gabel has received the Ohio School Psychologists Association Crisis Award, The Cleveland School Psychologist of the Year Award and The Ohio School Psychologist of the year award.  She has had many interns and practicum students from Cleveland State and Kent State Universities.  Mrs. Gabel is a passionate advocate and mentor for those school psychologists new to the field.   

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Amanda Merner, M.A.

Ph.D., Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Expected 2022
M.A., Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, 2020
B.A., Cognitive Science, University at Buffalo, 2013
B.S., Psychology, University at Buffalo, 2013

Brief Bio:

Amanda Merner received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Cognitive Science with concentrations in high-level mental processes and neuroscience from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. After graduating, Amanda spent several years working on various research projects in the area of substance use disorders at the Clinical Research Institute on Addictions before enrolling in her doctoral program. Currently, Amanda is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences Ph.D. program at Case Western Reserve University, specializing in the area of Affective Neuroscience. Amanda is the President of the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus for the 2020-2021 AY. She is passionate about promoting scientifically oriented psychology and invested in improving the education of the science of psychology.

Research Interests:

Amanda’s research focuses on the neural underpinnings of emotion regulation and how individual differences in various domains of cognitive functioning impact the ability to regulate emotions in both healthy populations and individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. She also studies the impact of neuromodulation—specifically Deep Brain Stimulation—on cognitive and emotional functioning, and the potential neuroethical challenges that come with neuromodulation. Amanda has active collaborations with researchers at the Cleveland Clinic and is always open to collaborating with new colleagues interested in exploring questions related to the relationships between cognitive and emotional processes.

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Maria Rowlett
Maria Rowlett, M.A.

Maria has been a part-time instructor at Cleveland State University since August of 2008.  Maria specializes in the area of survey/questionnaire construction, statistical analysis, research design and interpretation, as well as report writing.  She brings expertise based on academic research and professional experience.  Maria has published numerous journal articles in the Behavioral Sciences, and has supervised many students in the completion of research projects, journal articles, theses, and dissertations. She has also been selected as a disciplinary mentor for the McNairs Scholar Program numerous times.   In addition, Maria has been involved in project-based data coding, analysis and summarization for presentation to clients for a mid-west based research company serving for profit and not-for-profit companies.  

Research Interests:
Extensive research experience on Job Satisfaction, Vocational Interests, Time Perception, and Personality. Additional skills include survey questionnaire construction, scoring, report writing, and data analysis.

Teaching Areas:
PSY 217/317: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 
PSY 312: Research Methods 
PSY 412: Psychology Lab 
PSY 415: Evaluating Psychological Research

Professional Affiliation:
Midwest Psychological Association
Recent Professional Presentation:
“Time Perception and Personality.” Midwest Psychological Association (Chicago, IL; May, 2015).

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